SEA/SEIU Local 1984 members at the Department of Safety work all year round to raise money for Operation Santa Claus. The payoff of all that hard work comes at year’s end when the children receive their gifts.
The members of Chapter 40 held their third media sale of the year last Friday, and organizer Janice-Ann Sinclair declared it a success.
“I would like to thank all that came out to our third media sale to benefit Operation Santa Claus,” she said. “I would like to state that the Chapter 40 Book Sale was another success. We ended up making a total of $218.75. That is two more kids that we can take.”
Many SEA/SEIU Local 1984 chapters volunteer to sponsor children, and fundraising helps cover some of that cost (though many members spend their own money on gifts). In addition, the Operation Santa Claus Committee is always working to raise money itself (for example, the ongoing iPad raffle). That money goes into OSC’s coffers and is used to buy gifts for any children who don’t have sponsors.
As is always the case, Sinclair said there were plenty of thank yous to go around.
“I would like to thank all the volunteers that help me with setting up, cleaning up and the day of the book sale,” she said.
Those volunteers include Chapter 1 — and OSC Committee — members:
Linda Farrell, Jane Lyman, Charlene Clark and Carol Beaudoin.
Chapter 40 members:
Kimberly Rumrill, Sandra Champagne and Susan Faith – “Susan, thank you for all the puzzles that you donated. They were a success,” Sinclair noted.
“Also, thank you to Roger Ordway and Michael Cutting for bringing the books over from the warehouse and picking them up to go back,” she said.
Members at the Fish & Game Department and the Department of Environmental Services donated books and puzzles to the effort.
“Finally, thank you to the supervisors for allowing your workers to volunteer on helping out,” Sinclair said. “Without the help that I get from people that donate books & donating their time I could not do it without them. I appreciate it very much.”